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Executive Master of Business Administration

Learning

The Executive MBA program uses the cohort model, with students working in the same teams for their first year. By working this deeply and personally with your cohort team, fellow students and coaches, everyone benefits. Cases consist of real business scenarios that put you in the role of the decision maker. Assignments and class discussions mirror the challenging situations that you and your fellow students encounter in your professional lives.

Grow your knowledge, and your network

Starting year one, we divide your cohort into teams that are made up of professionals with expertise in finance, marketing, operations and other functional areas. The result? A learning experience that simulates what it’s like to be on a real-world leadership team. Everyone gets a turn at the helm. A team may end up as your own personal board of directors, acting as a network and sounding board that you can turn to throughout your career.

Because the EMBA is part-time and designed for working professionals, you’ll be able to bring your work to school and vice versa.

Up close and interactive

Each new classroom experience presents new opportunities to learn, in different ways. Your instructors will present you with interactive lectures, cases, presentations and more. This is learning hands on and face to face, in a simulated leadership team that collaborates on projects, bringing all of your life and work experiences into play. This is a safe and encouraging place to make and learn from new ways of thinking (and mistakes).  

Co-Curriculars

Clubs and councils outside the class include: Mentors in Business, the largest business mentorship program in Western Canada, with more than 300 members. The Net Impact Executive Club is comprised of students who want to make positive environmental, social and economic impacts.

Graduate Business Women’s Council follows a philosophy that knowledge-sharing and networking with executive women can lead to enhanced careers and greater diversity in leadership.

Our cohort method

You’ll be learning alongside a group of approximately 40 senior professionals who have, on average, nearly two decades of experience. Vastly different from any schooling you’ve pursued in the past, our EMBA uses an applied, interactive approach. In fact, our faculty act as facilitators who are able to leverage the wealth and diversity of experience in the room.

Your cohort will be the best and the brightest—from every conceivable industry. They’re thought leaders. In fact, they’re a lot like you.

Class profile

  • Average class size: 40-45
  • Average age: 41
  • Average work experience: 18 years including 10 years of management experience
  • Class profile: 46% women, 54% men

My key lessons from the program were learning how to effectively frame and structure a problem or situation, manage a tight schedule, know what to prioritize and how to prioritize it, and identify core problems quickly and addressing them.

Bobby Dhillon, EMBA

Senior Vice President, Marketing & Planning

G&F Financial Group

The comprehensive simulations provided the greatest learning for me. They helped change my mindset and connect the different areas of learning into a comprehensive view of how an organization runs.

Matthew Grunert, MOT MBA

Director, IT

Avigilon

The MSc Finance program gave me the technical foundation that I couldn’t function without. I work with clients in very senior roles, and it’s important to demonstrate your technical knowledge to gain their trust.

Christine Jakshoej, MScFin

Head of Professional Services America

FINCAD

The immediate impact of the GDBA has been a change in the way I approach my day professionally. I am equipped to make better decisions. My confidence level has been elevated significantly, and I am enjoying a new sense of optimism in my career.

Percival Chang, GDBA

Manager & Investment Funds Advisor

PH&N Investment Services

I always saw myself working beyond clinical pharmacy. I felt that I could also shine on the business side of healthcare. I knew that with my strong clinical training an MBA would help open more doors and give me the mobility I was looking for in my career.

Morenike Akinyemi, FT MBA

Senior Project Manager, Transformation Delivery

Provincial Health Services Authority

The Part-Time MBA was excellent. It gave me exactly what I expected to receive, and I think that is the highest compliment you can pay a program. It met all my expectations and provided a solid grounding in business skills and strategies.

Oliver Zihlmann, PT MBA

Director of Development and Alumni Engagement

UBC Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

The i2I program is perfect for people like me who are deeply involved in science, and who want to look for opportunities in the business world. A program like this opens your mind and teaches you that there is another world of possibilities outside of the lab.

Elena Groppa, i2I

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Medicine

University of British Columbia Biomedical Research Centre

The learners I work with are 95% Indigenous, and I find that they become more interested and retain information more, when we speak and learn from an Indigenous lens. The Indigenous content integrated into the program has been very beneficial to me in terms of how I can incorporate Indigenous information into the curriculum I currently teach.

Wanda Rockthunder, EMBA IBL

Business Instructor, Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies

Cree, a citizen of the Muskowekwan First Nation, Saskatchewan

EMBA: Bobbie

MOT MBA: Matt

MSc Fin: Christine

GDBA: Percival

FT MBA: Morenike

PT MBA: Oliver

i2I: Elena

EMBA IBL: Wanda


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Graduate

Segal Graduate School

500 Granville Street

Vancouver, BC Canada

V6C 1W6

+1 778.782.5013

grad-business@sfu.ca

Undergraduate

SFU Burnaby

8888 University Drive

Burnaby, BC Canada

V5A 1S6

+1 778.782.5567

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Undergraduate & Graduate

SFU Surrey

250 – 13450 102 Avenue

Surrey, BC Canada

V3T 0A3

+1 778.782.8019

sfubeedie_undergrad@sfu.ca

grad-business@sfu.ca